Multiple allegations of sexual harassment have emerged and rocked the venture industry this summer, but at least one prominent investor thinks the issue is overblown.
“I did not know that there was any discrimination,” said Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla, adding that harassment in the venture capital world was rarer than in other industries, according to a Recode report.
Khosla made the comments at an event held July 20th in Palo Alto, California, at the Commonwealth Club of California.
“It’s a reality because it’s perceived as a reality,” Recode reported Khosla as saying. “And perception is more important than reality.”
The Sun Microsystems co-founder and onetime GP at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers added that he would “absolutely” fund lawsuits against media outlets if he were sufficiently offended, Recode reported.
Separately, Khosla is currently involved in three lawsuits over restricting public access to a beach adjacent to property he owns near Half Moon Bay, California.
Photo above of Vinod Khosla, founder and partner of Khosla Ventures, arrives on the red carpet during the second annual Breakthrough Prize Awards at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, Nov. 9, 2014. Reuters/Stephen Lam